by JF

This book goes an extremely long way towards proving that the term “fossil fuels” is an egregious misnomer, and that oil, coal, and gas are in fact the product of natural processes constantly happening deep underground. Gold all but demonstrates that, similar to recently discovered biospheres in deep-water oceanic volcanic vents which do not require photosynthesis at all, there must be a likewise occurring deep hot biosphere within the Earth’s crust, microbes which exist in the innumerable and microscopic pores in rocks, thriving on great pressures, and subsisting on upwelling carbon molecules that the Earth constantly produces. Of course, if this kind of knowledge got out and became widespread, what this would do is demolish the Big Oil Industry’s lie that oil is becoming scarce on Earth, and this of course would require that oil prices come down to honest levels, and of course that isn’t going to happen, which is why you probably never heard of this book, nor this man Gold’s findings, have you?

Gold manages to make the naturally boring subject of geology seem somewhat interesting, and he seems to be a true maverick, at least within this field.

Of particular interest for this reader was the chapter on earthquakes, arguing that earthquakes may be caused by gas erupting from the earth (as apparently most ancient learned scholars believed), rather than the plate tectonic causal theory. This is fascinating because Gold goes into the common occurrence of disparate peoples around the world describing what they discern as “earthquake weather” shortly before an earthquake. Gold speculates that escaping gases from the earth may form a peculiar haze that somewhat more perceptive people pick up on. This theory, if it should hold true, someday could, as Gold points out, make predicting earthquakes an actuality. (Alas, the eugenic oligarchs of the world and this country would have something to say about that, though, this reader is sure.)

The only fault with this book is also where a rather flagrant irony can be spotted, and it is this: Gold spends the entire book demonstrating why geological scientists should not simply assume a theory to be true, simply because it is in vogue; however, for the last two chapters of the book, Gold delves into the subject of “Evolution” to ostensibly lend further corroboration for his theory, and he never once stops to consider whether or not he too has obtusely assumed whether another theory–Darwinism–is true, or whether it is but another fragile paradigm waiting to be shattered, as he himself has just shattered the biogenic “fossil fuel” theory.

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